Graduate Student Opportunities

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are available to all graduate students. Current opportunities are available on the University's GTA Website. Note that SEDRD students may apply to any TA position where they meet the eligibility criteria in the posting. SEDRD GTA assignments will be posted on the University's website, and an email will be circulated to students via the SEDRD listservs. Fall GTA positions are typcially posted in July/August, and Winter GTA positions are posted in October/November, although these dates may change depending on departmental requirements. Students must apply through the University website; emailed applications will not be accepted. Student applicants should create an account and update their online profile with relevant details.

Graduate Student Research Assistantships (GSRA)

Opportunities may be available for students to work on faculty research projects. These opportunities are managed by the faculty member responsible for the project. Open positions may be posted here or circulated via the email listservs.

Current Graduate Student Opportunties

1.  PhD Comparative Organic Agricultural Policy Research Project 

The Rural Studies PhD program in the School for Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, has a position for one PhD student to participate in the Comparative Organic Agricultural Policy Research Project under the direction of Dr. John F Devlin.  The project is focused on dimensions of organic agricultural policy formation and impact and associated social aspects of organic agriculture in a variety of national and international contexts.  The successful candidate will be guaranteed a minimum of $52,500 in cumulative financial awards over three years.  These awards will be composed of scholarships, teaching assistantships, graduate research assignments or service employment.   There is also some potential for additional income dependent upon success in award application processes.

The program is seeking a candidate who will most closely meet the following conditions:

  • Demonstrates an "A" average in each of the past four years of their graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Demonstrates an interest in alternative, sustainable, or organic agriculture through work, voluntary experience, and/or publications.
  • Demonstrates an interest in agricultural policy or social issues in agriculture through work, voluntary experience, and/or publications.
  • Is a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada.
  • Will register in and maintain good standing as a full-time student in the Rural Studies PhD program of the University of Guelph.
  • Will relocate to the University of Guelph region for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Agrees to seek funding from SSHRC, OGS and other awards as requested and assisted by the Director of the Comparative Organic Agricultural Policy Research Project.
  • Maintains satisfactory research outputs as requested and assessed by the Director of the Comparative Organic Agricultural Policy Research Project.

Candidates should contact Dr. Devlin ( with a short statement of interest and attach a CV, unofficial copies of transcripts, and a relevant sample of writing by 1 December, 2017.   The preferred candidate will be encouraged to initiate a formal application process for the Rural Studies PhD Program to begin in September 2018.

2.  Post-Doctoral Fellow, Human Dimensions of Community-Based Monitoring 

Duration:           2 years with a possible 1-year extension.
Salary:               $50,000 per year.
Closing Date:     Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified.
Start date:         As soon as position is filled.

The Oil Sands region of Alberta offers an acute example of the growing challenges in Canada regarding the role of different levels of government, First Nations, Métis and stakeholders in environmental governance. We are offering a unique opportunity to join a multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial research group that is focusing on the challenges and opportunities of developing community-based monitoring programs in the Oil Sands region of Alberta. We anticipate that 30% of the research time will be embedded within the Government of Alberta’s Environment and Parks Environmental Monitoring and Science Division in Edmonton and 70% of the research time devoted to collaboration with Indigenous communities and organizations in the oil sands region in Alberta.

The Government of Alberta is seeking to ensure that the design, implementation, evaluation and reporting of environmental monitoring programs are firmly rooted in the needs and priorities of the First Nations and Métis communities. The post-doctoral position will support the development of community-based monitoring projects, based on the application of the Multiple Evidence Based (MEB) approach supporting knowledge co-production between Indigenous, local and scientific knowledge systems.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience working in both Indigenous community contexts and the public sector (federal or provincial government).
  • Expertise in social science approaches and methods with proven track record of publications, work experience in an academic context (conferences, active in networks, etc.) and service to Indigenous communities.
  • Strong understanding of policy design and implementation processes that drive environmental planning.
  • Understanding of the complex nature of environmental governance in multi-stakeholder contexts (northern Alberta preferred) involving resource intensive industries, government agencies, First Nation and/or Métis governments and organizations, associations, non-government associations, etc.
  • Experience in co-designing research programs, developing participatory research and monitoring in Indigenous contexts is an asset.
  • Experience communicating results of research and scientific information to Indigenous partners in a clear, accessible and respectful ways.
  • Knowledge of policies, guidelines, codes of conduct related to ethical conduct in research with Indigenous peoples.
  • Knowledge of fish ecology and management, biocultural diversity, social-ecological systems and/or resilience an asset.

Job Duties: 

  • (25%) Facilitate the co-design and implementation of Indigenous community-based fish monitoring projects.
  • (25%) Facilitate communication, collaboration, and networking among members of the research team.
  • (25%) Collect, coordinate, and analyze social-ecological data.
  • (25%) Participate in preparing and presenting data to study investigators and Indigenous communities. Author\co-author research papers, reports, conference papers and publications.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Saskatchewan is committed to the principles of employment equity. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons and women.

Interested applicants should send by email a cover letter, CV and contact information for 2 references to: Drs. David Natcher, University of Saskatchewan, and Nicolas Brunet, University of Guelph

Other Funding Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities to apply for scholarships and various awards.   Please visit the Scholarships and Awards section from the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  Make sure you take the time to review your possibilities. 

Student Financial Services provides a variety of funding opportunities for students, including scholarships and needs-based awards. Students should contact Student Financial Services directly to determine eligibility requirements.